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SaratogaArtsFest: Music, theater, dance offerings

Thursday, June 7, 2012
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The Outfit’s “Jester’s Dead” is a Shakesperean parody of the classic ’80s Tom Cruise flick “Top Gun.” It will be staged at the Skidmore Dance Theater on Saturday.
The Outfit’s “Jester’s Dead” is a Shakesperean parody of the classic ’80s Tom Cruise flick “Top Gun.” It will be staged at the Skidmore Dance Theater on Saturday.

— Even if you didn’t manage to snag tickets to Don McLean’s sold-out show at Skidmore College on Friday night, fret not — there are plenty of other musicians and performers to catch at SaratogaArtsFest this weekend.

The sixth annual festival, which takes place this evening through Sunday, is spread across multiple venues in Saratoga Springs, featuring live music, visual art, theater, literary art, film and dance.

While you’d be hard-pressed to make it to everything, here are some highlights throughout the weekend in the performing arts.

Music

There are plenty of acts, both local and national, to choose from. As far as local music goes, the highlight is surely Railbird, led by singer Sarah Pedinotti. The band takes the stage on the Tang Museum rooftop Friday night at 7 — also helping to preview this year’s Upbeat on the Rooftop concert series, which begins in earnest on July 6.

SaratogaArtsFest

WHEN: Today through Sunday

WHERE: At various sites in and near Saratoga Springs

HOW MUCH: ARTSPASS is $35, $20 for students with ID, $15 for military and $5 for ages 5 through 17, free for under age 5. They can be purchased online at www.saratogaartsfest.org and in Saratoga Springs at Impressions of Saratoga, Saratoga Beads, Mimosa Gallery, the Skidmore College Bookstore and at SaratogaArtsFest Center and Gallery, 38 Van Dam St.

MORE INFO:www.saratogaartsfest.org, 580-8010

Among the venues getting in on the act is McLean’s old haunt, Caffe Lena. Legendary bluesman Danny Kalb, a collaborator of Phil Ochs, performs at 7 on Saturday, following an open jam set up by the Saratoga Acoustic Blues Society. Tickets are an additional $10 with an ARTSPASS.

SaratogaArtsFest 2012

Theater

The ’80s go Shakespeare at the Skidmore College Dance Theater on Saturday afternoon at 2, when New York City-based theater ensemble The Outfit brings “Jester’s Dead,” a re-imagining of the film “Top Gun” with Shakespearian elements thrown in, to the stage.

Dance

The Ellen Sinopoli Dance Company unveils its latest work, “Undercover Playground,” throughout the day Saturday at the East Side Recreation Field.

The 10- to 15-minute piece features dancers on swing sets, monkey bars and slides to rhythms by Ghanaian percussionist Zorkie Nelson. The first performance is at 1 p.m., with three more every half-hour.

Every day of the festival at 10 a.m., the National Museum of Dance will offer five different exhibitions exploring various aspects of dance. The exhibits in Celebrate Dance! range from ballet to animals in dance.

And the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company perform at SPAC at 8 tonight. (Click here for a preview of this performance.)

 
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